Should the government being doing more to try reduce obesity among the American population?
Stop discriminating more natural and alternative health therapies.
There needs to be more information available. Much of the information given isn't completely reliable either. No legislation though.
Like have a siren blast at 5 am every morning so we can assemble on the street for our community run, then head to a chow hall for breakfast. Afterwards, you have 15 min to get dressed and ready for inspection. Sure, why not.
Liberals always looking for the next "crisis".
The gov. definitely should be involved. The future costs of healthcare for these kids will make our current problems with healthcare look like a walk on the park. There's nothing wrong with preventing a future crisis.
Small government is the way to go, less programs where the government is getting in things that isn't their buisness
The government shouldn't even be doing that it's not up to the government to try and show us what to eat
I think obesity is up to the person, and shouldn't be made a law or concerned heavily by the government. Whether the person wants to change their weight is their decision. Some people probably are okay with the way they look. So I would have to say NO.
Look up Wheat Belly, a book by Dr. Wm. Davis.
Why is "doing more" automatically mean restrictions? What about doing more to promote healthy foods? Have nutritional information determined independent from corporations? If people want to make stupid decisions, make sure it's not due to ignorance.
First, when you say " we need to make it" are you saying the Gov. Should do something? If so look around at all the well run government programs we already have.
Secondly you can already make healthy food at home for less than a Mc whatever it's just some do not.
And now that the IPAB death panels are in place, the government can decide whether you are viable enough for a life saving operation. Somebody in Congress should've read that unConstitutional bill. But what do Americans do about it? Nothing. Lazy assholes.
Nope. But the Communists in New York is banning salt and soda. This is what happens when the government controls your healthcare. Its sickening. America is disappearing fast.
The government is already involved in this issue. They are just not making decisions for the benefit of the folks.
Calories in vs Calories out if you don't want to be obese get off your axx and take a walk.
FDA is the problem. They allow food companies to manipulate food additives, putting chemicals in foods which cause folks to want to eat more and now they are genetically modifying foods. We have no idea the effects such things have on the metabolic system of some individuals.
More likely an assault cola ban...
Isn't it better to just solve the problem of having to pay for someone else's irresponsibility?
Don't they do enough to screw up your lives. It's the parents job.
I work in media; those PSAs aren't cheap.
Sounds like someone had too many sandwiches !
The fact of the matter is that it really isn't significantly cheaper to buy a burger than to make a salad.
Sure let's make the tax payers responsible ,we already pay for their housing electric, food why not give the a gym membership so they can screw that up to ,oh and let's buy them cars so they can get there and give them gas cards where and when does it end.
lebowski, the problem in your ER scenario is not that the person was allowed to become fat, but that we have to pay for their ER visit.
Two wrongs don't make a right.
Let's ban forks and knifes and spoons and then plates to make it harder to eat, ooorr take personal responsibility for ourselves and stay in shape.
Hooves? Lol wtf autocorrect? Lunches*
I will also say getting schools to offer healthier hooves than pizza & fried chicken sandwiches to kids would be acceptable of the govt as well
The federal government should do LESS. PERIOD
Maybe the government should just put us all on Jenny Craig and be done with it!
I have known many obese ppl. I work with a bunch now. They constantly have unhealthy food at their desk-- eating all day. Say they "don't have time" to exercise in the same breath that they say they "overslept". Ppl always have excuses for poor behavior-- oh but "it's genetics" not this Big Mac.
My parents live in Austin and they have no soil to speak of. If they wanted to garden it would have to be all raised beds or containers. I hear ya on HEB I wish we had something similar here but mostly our option is Walmart or a grocery store that is 3x the price.
I say we let people smoke and eat whatever they want but if they get cancer or heart problems they are on their own. No government health care. Let natural selection take over and weed out the people with no self control.
I think the government should stay out of both these issues. Except for educating people on the dangers. Obesity is a huge problem and we need to figure out how to fix it. But the government doesn't really have the means or the responsibility to fix this problem.
I like some of the things they have done so far. I think it would be great if they could lower the prices of healthy foods, then it'd b easier for low income people to eat healthy. I also think that making gym memberships more affordable to those with low incomes would be great too.
I haven't decided if I'm for or against this issue yet. But I just want to ask how the government can tax and regulate tobacco to hell but its not ok to tax or regulate unhealthy food when more people are obese with serious health problems then are smoking these days.
I voted yes only because of the expense of obesity related health issues which are passed on to all of us. It's no longer an issue of individual choice because some choices are overwhelming the health care system and costing us all a ton of money.
It is not the government's job to tell it's citizens what they can and cannot eat. That's commmunist! Literally a step away from mandatory food rations.
Oh, that's just great. What's next? The food police checking our pantries for junk food?
...But if the gv't is going to give official recommendations, they really need to be about the truth, not about making someone rich.
Read up on the whole 'saturated fat causes heart disease' research. You might reconsider the whole idea of 'vegetable oils.'
Follow the $, and you'll find the reason for the recommendation.
FWIW, that's the ONLY reason I said yes; it's not the gv't's job to monitor our diets...
yeah, that hot sauce is chocked full of calories
I voted yes for this reason: the gv't recommendations for consumption (aka food pyramid/my plate) are flawed and their introduction coincides with the beginning of the giant spike in weight probs. Instead of making recs based on profit and lobbys, how 'bout basing it on thorough research.
Yes on repealing the patriot act.
But keeping Roe v Wade makes no sense as it was the answer to "should the govt be doing more to allow abortions."
There should be more food regulations to help keep us the american people healthy. Look at our health and obesity stats vs other rich countries. We're last and we need to regulate the food being made available.
Bama - what do you mean "truth in labeling"?
What does the government know about reducing anything? Asking the government to help is like asking the 800 pound man that can't leave the house for diet advise!
Democrats as a majority like this? When do they not like more government?
I'm not suggesting your incorrect I just don't see it. If you're rich not only can you afford to eat better but you can also get the lipo so you don't have to work it off. Damn cheaters.
If we lived in a nearly perfect USA where obesity was the only problem, maybe I would CONSIDER saying yes, but we have, at least in my opinion, much more pressing matters to attend to.
I would like to know where you get your research supporting your "more poor people are fat..." Theory.
I haven't a clue what you're trying to say!